Tigran and Hamlet live with their mother Zarine in Syunik Province. Hamlet is eight years old and Tigran is 13. Hamlet loves sports; his favorite is boxing. He also likes to paint in his free time. Tigran loves math, playing chess, and wants to become an economist.

Last year the two boys were accepted into FAR’s Children of Armenia Sponsorship Program (CASP). In 2017, the family faced tragedy when Zarine’s husband Davit was killed in a car accident. At the same time, Zarine was suddenly forced to confront life as a single mother. Even with her salary from her job at the Kapan History Museum Gallery and the state allowance she’s received since her husband’s death (about $240 per month in total), between the cost of food, utilities, clothes and school supplies, Zarine still couldn’t manage to make ends meet.

“My husband worked at the Kapan Copper Factory, and back then we were able to cover our minimal family needs. After my husband’s death, I needed to take care of everything. My parents are retired. They just manage to get by with their pensions. So we don’t have any other supporters,” said Zarine, who emphasized how even the small help from CASP makes a big difference to her family.

Her dream is for her children to grow up carefree and educated, with the drive to develop their abilities and hone their skills. With their CASP stipends, Zarine said that she will be able to cover the heating of the apartment and buy warm clothes for the children.

Children of Armenia Sponsorship Program (CASP) is sponsored by the Women’s Guild Central Council of the Eastern Diocese.